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4610.0 - Water Account, Australia, 2009-10 Quality Declaration 
Previous ISSUE Released at 11:30 AM (CANBERRA TIME) 29/11/2011   
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Contents >> Physical water supply and use >> Introduction and main findings

PHYSICAL WATER SUPPLY AND USE

INTRODUCTION

This section presents information on the volume of water supplied and used by industry and households within the Australian economy in 2009–10. A breakdown of water consumption for the States and Territories is presented, as well as water consumption by main industry groups.

MAIN FINDINGS

The main findings in relation to the physical supply and use of water are:
  • Water consumption in Australia for 2009–10 was 13,476 GL compared to 14,101 GL in 2008–09, a decrease of 4%.
  • The Agriculture industry had the highest water consumption, accounting for 6,987 GL (or 52% of the National total), which was virtually unchanged from 6,996 GL in 2008–09.
  • The Water supply, sewerage and drainage services industry was the next highest consumer of water, accounting for 1,893 GL, which was 14% of total water consumption.
  • Households were also a significant end user of water, accounting for 1,868 GL, or 14% of total water consumption.
  • The Manufacturing industry consumed 658 GL of water, which was 5% of total water consumption.



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